This was originally a lovely post about my latest finish, until my blogging platform decided to eat my post this morning. Now I'm running behind on my day so this will just have to be a "quickie"!
Pattern: Garter Squish by Stephen West
Yarn: Mission Falls 1824 Cotton (discontinued) and Estelle Young Touch Cotton DK (discontinued) - both from deep stash, held double
Yardage: 2,279 yards used (13 balls of Mission Falls and 10 balls of Estelle, plus leftovers for border)
Needles: 8mm and a 4.5mm crochet hook for the border
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Usually when I'm working on a bigger project I like to have something different on the needles to change things up a bit when my interest is waning. Not sure how then that while I was working on the Munchkin Blanket that my side project ended up also being a garter stitch blanket! Oh well, it's the theme for 2015 so I'm going with it!
Often the simplest designs are the best and this free pattern by Stephen West is no exception. It's simple and elegant and the pattern is straightforward and easy to adapt. Case in point, one of my yarns was aran and the other DK and my yardage wasn't anywhere near what the pattern called for. But with a little experimenting and help from friends (I don't do knitting math very well!), I was able to adjust the number of stitches and needle size to suit what I had on hand.
This was also a terrific stash-busting project, especially when we're still in the first quarter of the year, the knitting shows have started and commitment to Cold Sheep can be starting to falter. It's a great way to get some major yards out and keep the momentum going!
My tastes as a knitter have changed over time though and the Mission Falls yarn in my stash was originally purchased to make a striped yoga mat bag. While I still think the bag is super cute (clearly I was enamoured with the stripes and multiple colours!), it's not the kind of thing I fancy knitting any more when it's just going to cover my yoga mat and then sit in the closet. I still loved the colours and wanted to use them together, but preferred to make something functional that could be used more often instead. Hence, a lap throw for our living room!
Modifications: 108 stitches instead of what the pattern called for. I also added a crocheted border in brown Rowan Handknit Cotton leftover from the Munchkin Blanket. This was because I forgot to slip the stitches to create the i-cord edge called for in the pattern. Happily, I think the two rows of single crochet (US term) complement the colours of the stripes and finish off the blanket beautifully.
I'm really chuffed with how the blanket turned out - how the colours play together and the marl effect of the yarns held together. I've already fallen asleep on the couch twice under this blanket since finishing it - more proof of success!